Nasio will follow suit of fellow Aussie stars Dwight Ritchie, Jayde Mitchell and Jack Brubaker- all of whom travelled to Japan in 2016 in pursuit of an OPBF Title. Coming off a demolishing performance against veteran Hunter Sam (11-8-2), Nasio forced his opponent to retire in the corner at the end of the 4th round.
In an exclusive interview with Australian Boxing Central, Nasio discusses the significance of fighting for the OPBF title, his mental/physical preparation for such a fight, and how he believes his KO power will shape the result of the fight.
With Joseph Parker holding the OPBF title until his recent announcement to fight for the WBO World Title against Andy Ruiz, winning the title is a great step towards a world title shot. What does it mean for you and your career to fight for the OPBF title?
Nasio: "This is huge! Every title I collect is a step closer to the reason I started boxing. To be a world champion. Look at Joseph Parker- if the OPBF title was good enough for him to work his way up to a world title shot then why can't that be me? They think they're just paying for some decorated ANZAC fighter to come over and feed to their Japanese hero. But my question to them is if Bazooka's are a part of his diet? Cause that's what I'll be feeding to him all night!"
Travelling to Japan, you'll be taking on the Japanese Heavyweight Champion in his hometown. Will your preparation differ in any way for such a big fight?
Nasio: "I am more than comfortable fighting in front of enemy territory. I did it this year in Darwin, I did it as a teenager going in to other people's hoods and fighting their hero's- and now I'm going to Japan to do the same thing. Mentally I don't need to prepare for this. All the prep is just physical and drilling the basics in boxing. That's my weakness and that's what we'll be focusing on in prep for this big fight."
In his first fight of 2016 Kyotaro went 8 rounds with fellow Aussie Nathan McKay- a fighter you knocked out in the first round. Do you think your power will be too much for Fujimoto come January 14th?
Nasio: "My power is too much for any mammal walking this planet. I've seen his fight with Nathan. He's a crafty little guy with some slick tricks up his sleeve. For me, I can't wear sleeves because my bazookas are too big. I expect to knock out Fujimoto in rounds 4-7. I will be respectful when I do it but hey- it's either me or you. This is the fight game. This ain't a handshake competition."
All articles featured on the Australian Boxing Central website are written by Tai Tuiniua, and all interviews are conducted by Mark Franklin, unless stated otherwise.